Every graphic designer seeks to be valued, and receive feedback so he or she is able to enrich their work with the comments of their colleagues and possible clients and from time to time establish friendships and professional ties with other colleagues, and social media is just the right place to do it, right? So, here’s how to do it properly.
So yeah, doing a lot of posts on social media for non-designers is great and all, have you ever considered going into the social media designed and created for graphic designers and creative people alike? Let’s review a couple of these and teach you the ropes, enjoy the ride.
This community, AKA dA for short, brings together international artists in the field. In it, the user can show off his art and receive comments and criticism from other members of the community. In dA, you will not only find graphic designers but also photographers, pixel artists, painters, and even literary works, filming, flash content, crafts, costumes (cosplay) Here you can earn points that you can trade for things.
The site classifies the works that are hung by categories, organizes them into different branches of art, depending on the medium with which they were created (traditional, digital) so there you’ll find a bunch of illustrators going about their fan art, but you’ll also find lots (and by that we mean millions) of young people posting their drawing about their favorite cartoons (or animes).
So, unless you’ve got like a network of serious people to back you up, you’ll find yourself interacting with lots of teens bragging about their Naruto drawings, this can be a little frustrating, but let me tell you, inspiration can be found there, scroll and enjoy.
This is one of the best-known communities of graphic designers, illustrators, and people on the field, and is quite useful because they offer work to its users, as well as serving to expose the work.
It even has experts that select the best creations periodically. Note that it is an exclusive site, so to be included you must send a portfolio and then they will inform you if you are accepted. In 2012 it was acquired by Adobe, so it’s like a club for grown-ups where companies have eyes, like a baseball field with recruiters searching for the next talent.
If you are starting in design, this community will be very helpful because it allows you to post your work anonymously and receive the opinions or criticism of other colleagues. It has a useful voting system and a practical search engine since you can find the creations of others by content, by label or even by colors.
To enter Dribbble, you just have to log in, start uploading your work until you get ‘picked’ by a member and he vouches for you, and then, and only then, you’ll be able to join the community itself, and will be able to comment and share more of your work. An interesting point here is, that designers are encouraged to do a first ‘shot’ using Dribbble’s logo and colors to create something new and unique.